Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Barn Interiors


 
From my previous post about barns it’s safe to say that most people would love to live in a converted barn. But have you thought about decorating one?

 
How many of us could walk into such a massive space with undefined rooms and actually know where to start? The possibilities are endless!

 
Barn decorating typically centers around natural finishes and materials, just because it’s a barn doesn’t mean it has to look like one. People are more interested in the big open space and the rustic beams. But with that big open space it means you have to think bigger when it comes to decorating. These lanterns we hung in our barn are four feet tall and three feet wide but because of the massive space they’re hanging in they were quickly dwarfed down so think BIG!
 

Since a barn is a massive space you have the opportunity to bring in more natural light with a wall of windows. While one whole wall in our barn is windows I really wanted steel frames but it didn’t flow with our home, a girl can dream.
 



 
 
Just because you live in a barn doesn’t mean you can’t have the best of every décor scheme be it traditional or modern. I like how the next couple of spaces have married in industrial/natural finishes with the railings and walls with the iron and steel.
 


 
Don’t forget you can still use sliding barn doors to help define spaces as walls or doors. And the best part is…..

 
You can still bring the cows home in the form of their hides. What could be better?
 
I have to be honest I feel very lucky to have my studio in our carriage barn and to have so much space to call my own. So if a barn is something you’ve always dreamed of I say go for it they’re no more expensive then a normal home.
 
I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week!
 
XXX
~Debra~
 
 
 

33 comments:

An Urban Cottage said...

Some really beautiful images and inspiration, Debra. I love the ones that juxtapose the rustic beams with modern fixtures and materials.

Maybe some day.

LaPouyette said...

Could easily step into a big/large open space barn. So many possibilities with no extra work to knock down walls.....
Decorating and interior would be a great pleasure and - heating quite a 'challenge'!
But really, it is so pleasant and exiting to renovate a barn, love open rooms with a lot of space.

Brilliant pictures, Debra, great post!
xxxk

Nancy said...

I love these images, especially contemporary furnishings in a rustic barn! We have 2 horses and a lovely small bank barn that I would love to have as a studio one day!
Nancy
Powellbrowerhome.com

The enchanted home said...

Gorgeous post Debra...soooo love the idea of living in a barn and its on my bucket list of things I would love to try. Yours is simply stunning and you know I love those lanterns. This is a fabulous post full of barn beauties!

therelishedroost said...

Love it! Those ceilings are fantastic, what great spaces!
Karolyn

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Hi, Debra -
Your barn is divine! I love how you have decorated it with your antique textiles. What a pleasure it must be to have such a warm and beautiful atelier. Do you use this as your studio space? Have you ever had a trunk show in the barn?
xoxo,
Loi

Henhurst Interiors said...

Hi Debra, what a great collection of photos - #8 is dreamy. That is exactly what I would want my barn to have. I know you are right when you say go for large scale - that is the first thing I thought of when I saw the second photo.
xo,
Phyllis

carolyn bradford said...

Fabulous post and your barn is more than fabulous! I wouldn't have expected anything less, though! I think we all dream about living in and restoring a barn…your'e the first person I've known to really do it…what a huge accomplishment and you've done and incredibly great job!!!! Will post a pic of my sister in laws barn that is currently for sale…it's a working horse farm, though…so that doesn't really count!

Leslie said...

Beautiful! I agree.. so many possibilities. I like the idea of keeping a few sliding doors.
Rustic elegance! I dream about owning property with an old barn and turning it into a room for entertaining. My girlfriend lives on a small working farm and I can't believe how much work is involved (I would still do it in a heart beat if my husband was willing!) There is something so peaceful and fulfilling about that kind of life style :)

Always enjoy your posts Debra. Have a great week!

xx
leslie

Lost in Provence said...

Ooh, I loved all of these Debra! But you probably knew that I would!!
Hoping you and Dylan dog are well and having fine autumn weather...
xo,
H

Sharon (Roses and Rust) said...

I would love to decorate a barn. I relish the idea of such a large scale space to work with. Maybe one day.... Yours is wonderful - you are very lucky to have such a lovely space to work in. x Sharon

Thoughts on Design said...

You got my juices flowing with those pictures this morning Debra. They are such a wonderfully neutral backdrop for whatever your heart desires to do. I think I'd find ways to fill my barn with lots of light, sisal rugs and slightly overscaled linen covered furniture. Bring in touches of green and blue from the outdoors and sky. By converting old horse or cow stalls, maybe I could create cozy intimate little nooks for reading and dining. The hay loft would become the new WKD Studio... Time to get back to reality. Love the Dream...

Cheers,
John


Dovecote Decor said...

I skipped over to you from Quintessence. I have been obsessed with converting a barn since my post on Mrs. R.'s barn house--The Best Farm Ever. You would love it.
Best,
Liz

Barbara@HausDesign said...

I love the grand scale that a barn provides so I'd love to decorate one at some point! You showed a few of my favorites here - so many beautiful details and elements you can't do in a normal home...

Amy said...

If I could replan my wedding I would get married in a big barn, but these home interiors have me rethinking my dream home!

http://coffeebeansandbobbypins.blogspot.com/

Splendid Sass said...

I would LOVE to live in a barn, and these images are amazing. I think decorating in one large space is a challenge but fabulous!
Happy Wednesday.
Teresa
xoxo

I Dream Of said...

Love these wide open spaces and all the light, light, light! Making a large space liveable and human scale can be challenging, but all of these are terrific examples of the possibilities. XO

lvroftiques said...

I would love to live in a barn! The size doesn't intimidate me at all...Bigger is GOOD! *winks*...I do have a little barn envy Debra. You're very lucky indeed to have such wonderful space. *winks* Vanna

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Debra, this is one of my favorite styles. There is something about raw and refined decor that I love. Great post!

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Your barn is soooo wonderful...I dream about your textiles...hope you are doing well my friend...life has me in a mess right now...one foot in front of the other.

Fashion-isha said...

Oh wow, these interiors are beautiful. Have a lovely evening!
xo
Sharon

La Dolfina said...

Hi Debra,

Happy Belated Birthday to my favorite Virgo blogger! Thank you for your comment, it made my day :)
Seriously... our poor husbands should form a support group. I had to laugh when I read how he has learned to let you go. After 30 years of marriage, so has my hubby accepted my Virgo traits and quirks!!!
Happy Birthday to us,

Love always,

Terri

designchic said...

I obsessed with this idea, but yes, it could be overwhelming to figure out how to configure all of that space - you did it magnificantly in your studio!!

Room Seventeen said...

Dreamy spaces! I would love to decorate one!

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

I have the honor of designing for a fabulous barn. We recently opened our doors to a host of events and ultra gorgeous weddings. Being a designer gives me carte blanche to create the most fabulous vignettes, floral designs, and so much more for my clients. It is a dream come true simply because I've always had a passion for barns...
This was a lovely post. Glad to see others share my passion as well. :)
Have a lovely weekend~ Lisa

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

I would love to leave a lot of the original barn aesthetics to remind one of where one is but open up one side to a glorious view - as a one of your pics shows. So many possibilities. Have a great weekend, Debra!

LiveLaughDecorate said...

Madness. Never wanted to live in a barn 'til I saw these pics! Good stuff

pve design said...

Oh, I really think that I must have some "barn" in my blood. I love having everyone in one room just like my dog.
I love the loft living....and before I die, I will have a barn home.
pve

Ivy Clad said...

Hi Debra! I really enjoyed these last 2 posts. For a long time, I have wanted a barn just for partying. Wouldn't that be great?! Lucky, lucky you to have your studio in one!

Keri

StagerLinda said...

So organic, so perfect, so wonderful...

Debby Steele said...

LOVE this look. Very cool. There is a restaurant in town (Gibbet Hill) that was originally an old barn that was redone. It's gorgeous. I love Ina Garten's new digs that she converted too! xo

for the love of a house said...

Too fun! I was scrolling down to say that I have thought of decorating a barn;) then found myself!! Enjoy this beautiful (albeit cloudy) day!
xxoj.

Limestone veneer said...

It is one of your best post Debra. I love those lanterns. Living in a barn could be most crazy idea. xo
~ Herman Swan

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